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Requirements for COVID-19 Paid Leave Are Dwindling
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 30, 2023

"States and localities are backing off their requirements that employers give paid leave to workers with COVID-19 after death and hospitalization rates have fallen dramatically since the height of the pandemic."

Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19)  •  FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Michigan Appeals Court 'Undoes' Lower Court's 'Undoing' of What Legislature 'Undid' Concerning Paid Leave Standards
Littler Link to more items from this source
Jan. 30, 2023

"Some employers may have prepared to revise their wage and paid leave policies and practices but held off on rolling out those changes pending a decision from the appellate court. Employers that did so should not fill their trash bins with all that hard work just yet, because if the decision is appealed, the state supreme court could disagree with the appellate court and revert to the laws as envisioned by the ballot measure drafters." [Mothering Justice v. Michigan, No. 362271 (Mi. Ct. App. Jan. 26, 2023)]

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

New San Francisco Law Requires Supplemental Compensation During Military Leave
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 27, 2023

"[T]he Military Leave Pay Protection Act (MLPPA) ... will require employers with 100 or more employees to supplement the pay of covered employees during a qualifying military leave for up to 30 days in a calendar year. The MLPPA takes effect February 19, 2023[.]"

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Military-Related Benefits, USERRA

Michigan Appellate Court Upholds Existing Paid Sick Leave Law
Miller Johnson Link to more items from this source
Jan. 27, 2023

"[T]he Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's July 2022 decision that had found the 2018 state legislature's 'adopt and amend' strategy violated the state constitution. As a result, Michigan employers will not be required to ... expand their paid sick leave policies." [Mothering Justice v. Michigan, No. 362271 (Mi. Ct. App. Jan. 26, 2023)]

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Michigan Employers Are on the Earned Sick Time Clock
Dickinson Wright PLLC Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 26, 2023

"If not further delayed or voided, the Michigan Earned Sick Time Act will require all employers in Michigan to provide at least 72 hours of sick leave to every employee in Michigan (including exempt, non-exempt, full-time, part-time, occasional, temporary, etc.) For 'small employers' (with fewer than ten employees), at least 40 of those 72 hours must be paid, and 32 hours may be unpaid. All employers with ten or more employees, all 72 hours must be paid."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

New York Announces 2023 HCRA Covered-Lives Assessment Rates
Mercer Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 25, 2023

"New York's Department of Health (DOH) has posted the 2023 regional covered-lives assessment (CLA) rates and percentage surcharges for graduate medical education (GME) under the state's Health Care Reform Act (HCRA). The HCRA imposes on 'electing' health claim payors -- including self-funded plans -- an annual CLA, which is based on the number of covered individuals (and families) who live in New York.... The GME CLA rates and percentage surcharges vary among eight regions, and the applicable rate depends on where the covered individual resides or receives in-state hospital care."

Tags: Health Plan Costs  •  Local Regulation

State-Mandated Disability and Paid Family and Medical Leave in 2023
Sequoia Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 25, 2023

"[A table outlines] updates to the state-mandated STD and PFML rates and model posters/notices available at the time of this article."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Families with Health Shocks
National Bureau of Economic Research [NBER]; purchase required for full document Link to more items from this source
Jan. 25, 2023

"This paper analyzes the impact of paid family leave (PFL) policies in California, New Jersey, and New York on the labor market and mental health outcomes of individuals whose spouses or children experience health shocks.... PFL access leads to a 7.0 percentage point decline in the likelihood that the (healthy) wives of individuals with medical conditions or limitations who experience a hospitalization or surgery report 'leaving a job to care for home or family' in the post-health-shock rounds."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Employer Reporting for State Individual Mandates
HUB International Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 24, 2023

"While multi-state employers tend to focus (appropriately) on federal requirements,  ... some states have adopted so-called individual mandates requiring individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. To support these mandates, states are requiring employers and/or carriers to provide reporting of the health coverage they have offered. [This article provides] a summary of some of these requirements."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Local Regulation

Looking Ahead to 2024: Illinois to Require Paid Leave for Any Reason
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 24, 2023

"[C]overed employers in Illinois should start preparing now by reviewing the paid leave policies currently in place. Employers with any type of paid leave policy providing at least 40 hours of paid leave are not required to modify their policy, so long as the employee, at their discretion, can take paid leave for any reason."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Washington State Paid Family Medical Leave Program Premium Rate Increase for 2023
Jackson Lewis P.C. Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 23, 2023

"Beginning on January 1, 2023, the Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Program's 'total premium' rate rose to 0.8% from 0.6%.... Employers with 50 or more people employed will pay at least 27.24% of the total premium, which would require their employees to pay 72.76% of the total premium."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Colorado SecureSavings Now Open for Employer Registration
National Tax-Deferred Savings Association [NTSA] Link to more items from this source
Jan. 20, 2023

"The Colorado Department of the Treasury on Jan. 18 announced that the Colorado SecureSavings Program is open for businesses to register with it. The Centennial State's state-sponsored retirement savings program ... is intended to provide retirement plan coverage for the up to one million private-sector employees in Colorado who lack access to one through their employers."

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Retirement Plan Design

Washington CARES Deductions to Start July 1, 2023
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 19, 2023

"Washington State's Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Program (now called 'WA Cares') ... is again set to go into effect on July 1, 2023. WA Cares will require employers to withhold a payroll tax equal to .58 percent of certain employee wages unless the employee has provided a state-issued letter of exemption to their employer prior to July 1."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Paid Leave for Any Reason Is Coming to Illinois
LaborSphere, a blog by Drinker Biddle Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 19, 2023

"The bill ... would require nearly all employers with one or more employees working in Illinois to provide paid leave. Leave would begin to accrue on January 1, 2024 ... [C]overed employers could impose a 90-day waiting period before leave may be used. With limited exceptions, all employees would be eligible to accrue leave[.]"

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

California and Illinois Require Bereavement Leave
Vorys Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 19, 2023

"California now makes it unlawful for employers to refuse to grant eligible employees up to five days of bereavement leave. This leave is separate from any leave required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).... The existing [Illinois] Child Bereavement Act was renamed the Family Bereavement Leave Act and expanded to include the death of a child, stepchild, spouse, domestic partner (whether recognized by law or designated as such by the employee), sibling, parent, in-law, grandparent, grandchild or stepparent."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Missouri Bill Would Modify Duties of Public Employee Retirement System Fiduciaries
National Tax-Deferred Savings Association [NTSA] Link to more items from this source
Jan. 19, 2023

"[SB 436] provides that an investment fiduciary [shall] discharge his or her duties in the interests of the participants in a public employee retirement system and their beneficiaries exclusively to [1] provide financial benefits and [2] pay reasonable expenses for administering the system."

Tags: Fiduciary Duties  •  Local Regulation  •  State and Local Government Plans

Vermont to Launch Voluntary Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance in 2024
Newfront Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 18, 2023

"Vermont will be ... implementing a voluntary paid family leave program as of July 1, 2024.... Similar to the New Hampshire model, Vermont will be contracting with an insurance company to provide paid family and medical leave benefits on behalf of employers who purchase a policy. The VT-FMLI model differs from the more prevalent state mandate structure by offering employers an optional approach to paid family and medical leave."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Illinois Set to Become Third State to Mandate Paid Leave for Any Reason
Littler Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 18, 2023

"A bill likely to be enacted in Illinois will require most employers in the state to provide covered employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave per year. The leave entitlement would begin January 1, 2024, and be available 'for any purpose.' This statewide Paid Leave for All Workers Act would not cover employees receiving paid sick leave under Chicago's or Cook County's sick leave ordinances."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

New Illinois Legislation Will Require Private Employers to Provide Paid Leave for Any Reason
Masuda Funai Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 18, 2023

"Illinois employers will be required to provide a minimum of 40 hours, or a pro rata number of hours, of paid leave during a designated twelve-month period to be used for any reason of the employee's choosing. Employees are not required to give a reason for taking leave, and employers will not be permitted to require any documentation or certification of the need to take leave."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

California Publishes 2023 Rates for State Disability Benefits and San Francisco Paid Parental Leave
Jackson Lewis Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 16, 2023

"The change in contribution rates and the Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount are relevant to employers who must comply with San Francisco's Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO). The city of San Francisco requires most employers with 20 or more employees worldwide to supplement PFL benefits received by employees to bond with a new child.... The Assessment Rate is relevant to employers that maintain a state-approved voluntary plan (VP), which is a disability insurance plan that an employer can offer to its California employees as a legal alternative to mandatory DI and PFL. "

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Health Plan Costs  •  Local Regulation

A New Era in Healthcare Cost Regulation in California
Husch Blackwell Link to more items from this source
Jan. 13, 2023

"A newly created agency will begin collecting healthcare cost data to set statewide growth targets for healthcare costs by 2025. Healthcare transactions will be subject to new regulatory scrutiny for their impacts on cost and effect on healthcare market competition, starting in January 2024. Standards will be developed to promote alternative payment models by the end of 2024. Enforceable cost targets for payers and providers will be established by 2028."

Tags: Health Plan Costs  •  Local Regulation

Text of Hacienda Internal Revenue Circular Letter No. 23-01: Limits Applicable for the Year 2023 to Qualified Retirement Plans Under the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code
Puerto Rico Departamento De Hacienda Link to more items from this source
[Official Guidance]
Jan. 13, 2023

"[T]he following limits do not adopt by reference the limits established by the IRS ... and, therefore ... for the taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2023 will be ... [1] Limit on Cash or Deferred Contributions applicable to participants in a qualified retirement plan ... (Section 1081.01(d)(7)(A)(i) of the Code) -- $15,000. [2] Limit on Additional Contributions applicable to participants in a retirement plan not sponsored by the federal government who have reached age 50 (Section 1081.01(d)(7)(C)(i) of the Code) -- $1,500. [3] Limit on Voluntary Employee After-tax Contributions applicable to participants in qualified retirement plans ... (Section 1081.01(a)(15) of the Code) -- ten percent (10%) of the participant's aggregate compensation for all years of participation in the plan."

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Retirement Plan Administration  •  Retirement Plan Design

Paid Leave for Any Reason Coming to Illinois
Ogletree Deakins Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 13, 2023

"On January 10, 2023, the Illinois legislature passed the Paid Leave for All Workers (PLFAW) Act, making Illinois just the third state in the country (after Maine and Nevada) to require private employers to provide earned paid leave to employees to be used for any reason.... The PLFAW Act will take effect on January 1, 2024, and ... will provide nearly all Illinois workers with a minimum of 40 hours of paid leave, or a pro rata number of hours, during a designated twelve-month period."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Expansion of Paid Leave Laws May Alter Federal Contractors’ Responsibilities
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 12, 2023

"Michigan's and Minnesota's legislatures appear to be at the forefront of this initiative, but they are by no means the only states that will see movement in this area in 2023 ... [F]ederal contractors subject to Executive Order 13706 may need a refresher not only on their existing paid leave obligations, but on the interplay with state and local leave laws that may alter or expand their responsibilities."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

Colorado FAMLI Act Compliance Required Now
Ballard Spahr LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 12, 2023

"As of January 1, 2023, all Colorado employers are required to post or otherwise provide employees with the state-issued FAMLI Program notice ... and also begin deducting employees' shares of FAMLI Program premiums from employee paychecks, where applicable."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Local Regulation

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